New Anti-Brown Website: The Buck Doesn’t Stop Here

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The campaign of Doug Gansler has a new website up critical of Anthony Brown. The site, TheBuckBoesntStopHere.com, hits Brown over the continuing Obamacare exchange debacle and him not taking any responsibility for any of the problems.

From the site:

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown’s failed leadership cost taxpayers nearly $200 million dollars, embarrassed President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, and left Marylanders without access to health care. But don’t expect Anthony Brown to take responsibility for the botched health exchange rollout.

The buck doesn’t stop with Anthony Brown.

“Do me a favor, don’t show me invoices like this,” Brown told FOX45 when asked to explain the spending.

This video is also featured on the site:

The Quinton Report in the News, 5/1/14

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I already noted earlier this week about a host on WQSC in Charleston, South Carolina reading a post from my site by guest blogger Drew Collins . Additionally, Maryland Reporter included a link to my post on Maryland Right to Life’s endorsements of candidates.

The thing I wrote this week that got the most attention was the report that 47% of Maryland residents would leave the state if they could. It was linked to by Red Maryland, Watchdog Wire, and WCBM.com. My tweet about it received a lot of retweets and there were a fair number of original tweets about it.

WCBM even featured it, with a link to me, as a rotating graphic on the front page their site:

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Watchdog Wire even featured it as a Must Read on their national site:

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May 1 and St. Joseph the Worker

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March 19 is the Feast of St. Joseph, husband of Mary, while May 1 has been the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker since 1955. (Additionally, the month of May has been Mary’s month dating to the 13th century. May Day as a socialist holiday didn’t come around until almost the 20th century.)

Here’s what AmericanCatholic.org says about May 1:

Apparently in response to the “May Day” celebrations for workers sponsored by Communists, Pius XII instituted the feast of St. Joseph the Worker in 1955. But the relationship between Joseph and the cause of workers has a much longer history.

In a constantly necessary effort to keep Jesus from being removed from ordinary human life, the Church has from the beginning proudly emphasized that Jesus was a carpenter, obviously trained by Joseph in both the satisfactions and the drudgery of that vocation. Humanity is like God not only in thinking and loving, but also in creating. Whether we make a table or a cathedral, we are called to bear fruit with our hands and mind, ultimately for the building up of the Body of Christ.

Saint John Paul II had the following to say about St. Joseph:

“Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God.”

Here’s a prayer to St. Joseph the Worker (for employment) for anyone who is looking for work:

God our Father and our Creator, You bestow on
Us gifts and talents to develop and use in accord with Your will.
Grant to me, through the intercession of St. Joseph the Worker,
As model and guide, employment and work, that I may with dignity,
provide for those who depend upon me for care and support.
Grant me the opportunities to use
my energy and my talents and abilities
for the good of all,
and the glory of Your name. Amen

Other resources on St. Joseph the Worker:

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Catholic News Agency

Charles Lollar attacks Larry Hogan over taxes

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The campaign of Charles Lollar sent the following message out tonight:

Statement from the Lollar-Timmerman Campaign on the Urgent Need for Bold New Leadership in Maryland, not Timid Half Steps and Partisanship 

April 30, 2014 (Annapolis, MD) – Republican candidate Larry Hogan once again showed he was out of touch with Maryland small businesses and Maryland families, by insisting he would take a “more reasonable” approach toward fiscal reform than the plan advanced by his main Republican rival, Charles Lollar.

Hogan argued that the next governor should be “prudent” when it comes to cutting taxes, according to comments quoted in today’s Washington Post.

Charles Lollar responded: “All the Democrat candidates agree with Larry on this, that we should be “timid” in cutting taxes and putting government on a diet. Lt. Governor Anthony Brown has said the state “can’t afford” even a modest reduction in the corporate tax.

“Ken and I believe on the contrary that the time is over for Republicans to advocate tinkering around the edges of our bloated state budget, our confiscatory tax policies, and our corrupt and inefficient state government.

“It is time for bold reforms that go to the core of our problems here in Maryland. That is why Ken and I turned to Dr. Art Laffer, who helped turn around our national economy in the 1980s, to vet our plan to eliminate the state income tax.

“We have looked at the numbers, and we know we can achieve this step by step over the next five years, without putting at risk the services Maryland citizens expect their state government to provide.”

The Lollar-Timmerman plan also calls for the immediate repeal of the “Rain Tax” and the latest increase in the gasoline tax, in addition to eliminating all remaining “death taxes.”

Ken Timmerman added, “When Marylanders have more money in their pockets they will save, invest, and spend. This in turn will set in motion a virtuous economic cycle, stimulating economic growth and state revenues.”

Lollar continued, “Government is overhead on the economy. When you tax income, you reduce economic activity. Our objective is to restore economic vitality to Maryland, so families and small businesses will want to come here, invest, and grow. “
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More details on the Lollar-Timmerman plan to eliminate the personal income tax, including detailed tax tables, are available here.

In the past, Lollar said he was amenable to tax increases if there was a “lock box” on where they money was spent.

Democrats in District 8 violate campaign regulations

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Several candidates for the House of Delegates in the Democratic Primary in District 8, have run afoul of campaign finance regulations. Candidates running include Harry Bhandari, Del. Eric Bromwell, Bill Paulshock, Debbie Schillinger, Renee Smith, Steve Verch, and Kyle A. Williams.

I have previously noted, when writing about some Republican candidates, that not including an authority line on social media pages is an offense that candidates can be fined for by the State Board of Elections.

Harry Bhandari (above) is one of them and originally this post was just going to be about his issues until I started looking at his primary opponents and found many similar problems. If I didn’t mention a social media platform or a website for a particular candidate then that means I could not find one in existence.

Bhandari’s website does make an attempt at an authority line:

© 2014 Copyright | Friends of Harry (H.B.) Bhandari | Chandra Biwokarma, Treasurer

I’ve never seen an authority line on a website or elsewhere for a candidate in Maryland that didn’t use the word “Authority:” in it. Maybe he could replace the “© 2014 Copyright |” and add authority to make things clearer, but the way he has it now should be good enough to satisfy the rules.

However, Bhandari completely leaves out an authority line on his other social media platforms.

Here’s his Twitter profile, without any information at all in the biography section. (Side note: he has one whole follower less than two months from his primary and has made one tweet back in March.)

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Bhandari’s one verbose tweet shows he doesn’t seem to get Twitter but then again, only one person follows him so it’s not like anybody saw it.

Here’s Bhandari’s Facebook page, without an authority line:

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The About page on his Facebook page doesn’t have it either:

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Bromwell has an authority line on his campaign website, but he also has state office contact information – a common error by office holders that I have covered before. The Facebook page address Bromwell gave the State Board of Elections when he filed doesn’t exist. He does have a picture of a campaign sign for the slate he’s a member of on his personal Facebook profile as his cover image, but that’s not technically a campaign page.

Paulshock doesn’t appear to have a website for his campaign. He has a Facebook page and like Bhandari, it has no authority line:

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Here’s his about page, which doesn’t have the authority line either:

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Debbie Schillinger’s Twitter account (with its 7 followers) does not have the required authority line:

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Schillinger’s web address redirects to her campaign Facebook page, which has an authority line.

Renee Smith gave the State Board of Elections the link for her personal Facebook profile and not one for a page, which she doesn’t seem to have.  If this disaster of a website is her actual campaign site, Smith doesn’t have an authority line on her campaign website.

Steve Verch doesn’t appear to have a campaign website or any social media accounts either.

Kyle A. Williams, who has 204 followers on Twitter and has the new Twitter profile, doesn’t have an authority line on his Twitter account:

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47% of Maryland residents would leave if they could

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Every state has at least some residents who are looking for greener pastures, but nowhere is the desire to move more prevalent than in Illinois and Connecticut. In both of these states, about half of residents say that if given the chance to move to a different state, they would like to do so. Maryland is a close third, at 47%. By contrast, in Montana, Hawaii, and Maine, just 23% say they would like to relocate. Nearly as few — 24% — feel this way in Oregon, New Hampshire,and Texas.

This would appear to be a nice legacy for the Maryland Democratic Party including Governor Martin O’Malley and Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.

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The Quinton Report at Catholic Advocate on Sunday’s canonizations

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I spent Saturday evening and Sunday morning down in DC at what is now known as the John Paul II National Shrine near Catholic University. They had a full schedule of events related to the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII (obviously at that shrine most of the attention was on John Paul II.

I wrote about all of the events as the shrine for the website of Catholic Advocate.

An excerpt:

The St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC celebrated the canonization of Pope John Paul II this weekend with a name change and several other events spanning almost a full 24 hours Saturday and Sunday. The shrine, located adjacent to Catholic University and down the street from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, has been owned by the Knights of Columbus since 2011 after it was previously known as the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. Earlier this year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops designated it a national shrine, after it was previously an archdiocesan shrine.

Read the whole piece for all of the details.

One other note from what I wrote:

It was also announced that there will be a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, May 11 at noon in the Upper Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Cardinal Wuerl will be the celebrant and homilist. It was also announced that Archbishop Lori of Baltimore, who is Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus will be participating. Following the Mass there will be a procession to the Saint John Paul II Shrine for the Divine Mercy chaplet and veneration of relics.

Baltimore Police Commish’s seemingly pro-life comments

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WBAL.com reported on comments made by Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts last week:

Three teenagers 18 and younger were shot and killed in separate incidents in the city in the last two weeks. City officials say 9 people under the age of 20 have been killed so far this year.

“It’s unacceptable that we are losing our babies. It is unacceptable that we have lost even one life let alone nine young people within our city,” Commissioner Anthony Batts says.

Batts says the issue can’t be solved with the police department alone. He says it takes the religious community and other leaders to address the problem.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city cannot arrest its way out of youth violence. “We have to be there to show our young people that we care before our young people’s lives are entwined as a law enforcement issue,” says Rawlings-Blake.

The Mayor says she is committed along with faith leaders and others to rally around the young people of Baltimore.

There are three Public Safety Town Halls planned for May. One will deal with youth violence. Mayor Rawlings-Blake says she wants to see the room full of young people on May 13th for the meeting at City Hall.

The fact that the value of human life has been so cheapened that you can get shot in some areas of Baltimore for little or no reason could have something to do with the overall coarsening of society and the lack of respect for life in general. It’s not too far of a stretch to say that, in a state where abortion is treated as a sacred right (that shouldn’t even be regulated that tightly), that life has been cheapened to the point it’s disposable to many – whether in an abortion facility or on the streets of Baltimore.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has helped cheapen the value of human life with all of her actions on behalf of Planned Parenthood – including her push as City Council President for a bill Planned Parenthood wanted that dealt with pregnancy care centers who help women who decide not to get an abortion. How much has that cost the city in court so far?

As TooManyAborted.com notes:

Abortion is the #1 killer of black Americans, according to CDC & Guttmacher stats, outnumbering all other causes of death combined–363,705 to 285,522.

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I realize Commissioner Batts likely didn’t mean anything pro-life or anti-abortion in his comments. However, is it really that surprising that when we put such a low value on the life of the unborn that the life of the born also doesn’t hold much value to many?

The Quinton Report on WQSC in Charleston

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Last week, my friend Drew Collins wrote a post here discussing the criticism of 90 seconds of a 72-minute sermon given by US Senate candidate Det Bowers in the past. I understand that Bryan Crabtree of WQSC read the Collins comments on his show Monday morning.

Thanks to Bryan Crabtree for the mention and if you’re in the area you should listen to his show as well as Rocky D in the afternoons.

MD Right to Life makes primary endorsements

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Maryland Right to Life released some endorsements in primary elections this year. In the Governor’s race, they have yet to make an endorsement. I suspect that their decision will be between David Craig, Ron George, and Charles Lollar. Craig and George have a long pro-life record and Lollar has consistently shown that he understands the issues involved and is pro-life. Larry Hogan could get the endorsement, but I am not sure that he should.

In congressional races they have endorsed Andy Harris, who officially has a primary opponent (who has no chance), and Dan Bongino, who faces a primary opponent with little proof of his existence if you look for him online. MDRTL also endorsed incumbent Senator David Brinkley over Delegate Mike Hough in the primary for Brinkley’s senate seat. Other endorsements in senate races include Gail Bates, Bryan Simonaire, and Ed DeGrange.

In house races, Kathy Afzali, Barrie Ciliberti, and Kelly Schulz were endorsed by MD Right to Life in District 4. That means that Mike Hough’s slate had two candidates endorsed, but not Hough himself or David Vogt. In District 31B, MD RTL endorsed Nic Kipke and Megan Simonaire, but (at least for now) not Don Dwyer. You can also read the rest of the endorsements in house races.

In county races, the campaign of Tony Campbell for Baltimore County Executive and David Marks for Baltimore County Council were endorsed. In Montgomery County, Robert Dyer was endorsed for county council.

I am not sure when the next round of endorsements will be made but there are definitely some names missing from the list that should be on it. I assume they are still making decisions in those races since no other candidates are endorsed yet.